Join us as we recognize Black History Month at Concordia University Ann Arbor, celebrating the impact of Black history on our campus and society today.

Presented by the Office of Multicultural Engagement, Student Events, and CUAA’s Black Student Union, a four-part series of Black history will be recognized throughout the month of February.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited join in as tribute is paid to a different theme each week, as well as lunches in the Cardinal Cafe on Wednesdays in February that pay tribute to Black culture.

“Honoring and respecting the history of Black culture and community offers an opportunity to set our sights on a brighter tomorrow. Black History Month is critically important to our society as it is a call to remember our mistakes of the past as well as our victorious successes,” said Shanitra Cheff, CUAA’s Director of Multicultural Engagement.

Related: ‘Create a Dream’ book drive at CUAA happening now through Feb. 18

Cheff adds that Black History Month also helps to preserve Black culture, bringing opportunities to share a sense of fellowship and communal rooted experiences. This month, Concordians seek to bring some of these elements to the forefront of the campus community in an effort to remember, inspire, and connect.

“There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering.”—Carter G. Woodson.

Week 1: Celebrate Black Fashion

February 1-5, 2021

What to look for: This week, different eras of Black fashion will be highlighted, showcasing different styles of dress from business, casual, street wear, and more. This week is also a time to celebrate Black fashion designers and their items. Check out the BSU Instagram for specific images.

  • 2/1: 1960’s
  • 2/2: 1970’s
  • 2/3: 1980’s
  • 2/4: 1990’s
  • 2/5: 2000’s

Share your Black fashion inspiration with BSU’s Instagram for a chance to win a prize, or use this graphic or Instagram slide to help celebrate Black fashion.

Week 2: Celebrate Black Music

February 8-12, 2021

What to look for: This week, different genres of music will be highlighted throughout campus and on BSU social media, including R&B , gospel, jazz, pop, and rap. A different artist will be featured each day of the week.

Listen for these genres of music being played throughout campus as well! Share with us your Black music inspiration and celebrate Black music with this Instagram slide or this graphic.

Week 3: Celebrate Black Art

February 15-19, 2021

What to look for: This week, there will be a focus on Black artists, directors, creators, and more. Vice President of the BSU, Mae Dulin, will be worshipping in Chapel with a praise dance, and student artists will be showcased in various ways.

Take a stroll through the Kreft Center for the Arts this week as Black artists, poets, photographers, and directors will be showcased in the Kreft Gallery.

Celebrate your Black art inspiration with this graphic or this Instagram slide.

Week 4: Celebrate Lesser-known Black Historical Figures

February 22-26, 2021

What to look for: This week, we’re highlighting lesser known Black historical figures. Details will be updated closer to date!

Share a historical Black figure that has inspired you with with Instagram slide or graphic.

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